Massey Ferguson modernises a seasoned farmer's fleet
contractor Bob Madsen recently bought his first Massey Ferguson tractor and
loves the versatility it offers his diverse contracting business.
Bob farms 50
cows and calves in southeast Tasmania near Sorell, and he also runs Bob’s Rural Contracting. The business offers a
range of services, including hay, silage and direct drilling. In the colder
months Bob services the viticulture and horticulture industries.
the new MF 5713 SL to replace a larger 155hp John Deere tractor. “I looked at
another brand was because there has been a shift in my business. I needed to
downsize from a 155hp tractor and get a smaller, more versatile machine, which
suits my needs better now,” he says.
“I went to a
Massey Ferguson also because it was set up in all the ways that I wanted it.
This machine was available at the time when I needed it, and it had everything
I needed. I wanted to get it before the harvesting season.”
The MF 5713
SL won tractor of the year for best utility in 2016 and offers many extra
features designed to save the farmers and contractors time and improve the
efficiency of their businesses.
“One of the
key requirements for me was for it to be steer ready. I intend to put 2.0cm RTK
GPS into the machine,” says Bob.
with all the hydraulic valves fitted. It also came with SpeedSteer. You only
have to turn the steering wheel very minimally to give you full lock. It is a great feature, especially when I am
doing only harvesting and headland work. It saves the wear and tear to the
wanted brake-to-neutral, which he says is the next best thing to a variable transmission.
fitted with Datatronic. It’s got a great deal of recording and information in
that Datatronic. I could programme 8-10 implements in and set them up and when
we want to use that implement again, it is in the computer. It is unbelievable
the way that machine is set up.”
season, Bob’s MF 5713 SL was on a
3.5m mower conditioner and was then hooked up to a seed drill. Bob is hoping to
have the GPS fully operating within the next few weeks.
viticultural work there is room for that machine with GPS to give clients their
accuracy setting for ripping the vine rows. Having the 2.0cm GPS means it will
be more cost effective for my clients without surveying rows.”
The MF 5713
SL features two electronic remotes and two manual remotes, with the electronic remotes
set up on a multi-function joystick.
change gear with the joystick and I can activate or use those two remotes
simultaneously. It’s a great attribute,” says Bob.
received excellent customer service and support from his dealer in Bridgewater,
Total Ag Solutions.
with Angela Burke and nothing was a problem to her. It made all the difference.
I have dealt with a lot of dealers over my time with a lot of machinery and the
level of information and interaction from her was fantastic,” says Bob.
“She had a
good understanding of what I needed and since I have had machine, she has kept
in close contact and offered regular support.”